A Survey of Drug Use in Pregnant Women of the ANC clinic at Srinagarind Hospital

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Wiwat Arkaravichien
Jenjira Chareonjai
Suthathip Tiparost
Aporanee Chiyakum


Background : The  prevalence  of  risk  to  the  fetus  from  drug  use  in  pregnancy  has  never  been  reported.

Objectives : the  aims  of  this  study  are  to  survey  an  incidence  of  drug  use,  both  self  medicated  and prescribed,  during  pregnancy  as  well  as  to  categorize  drugs  used  into  groups  following  the  US-FDA  based  on  the  level  of  risk  they  posed  to the  fetus.

Design : Descriptive  study.

Setting  : ANC  clinic,  Srinagarind  Hospital  ,  Khon  Kaen , Thailand.

Subjects : Three  hundred  and  two  pregnant  women  were  sampled  from  the  ANC  clinic  during  July  to  September  1996  for  interviews  on  self  medication  during  pregnancy.  Prescribed  drugs  were  exposed  to  category  C  drug  and  8.9%  exposed  to  category  D  drug.  For  prescribed  drugs,  most  of  them  were  safely  prescribed.  However,  there  were  6  pregnant  women  receiving  a  drug  containing  codeine  which  might  cause  a  respiratory  suppression  in  the  fetus.

Conclusion : This  study  showed  that  there  were  still  a  number  of  pregnant  women  exposed  to drugs  of  risky  categories.

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Arkaravichien W, Chareonjai J, Tiparost S, Chiyakum A. A Survey of Drug Use in Pregnant Women of the ANC clinic at Srinagarind Hospital. SRIMEDJ [Internet]. 2013 Nov. 20 [cited 2024 Mar. 4];12(2):83-7. Available from: https://li01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/SRIMEDJ/article/view/13988
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